More about Moritz:
Where are you from originally ?
Germany! But nobody is perfect.
How long have you been a photographer?
It’s now five years ago that I’ve decided to make photography my main source of income. After getting married and starting a family this was the best decision I’ve made in my life.
What other kinds of photography do you like to do?
I love shooting people and I’ve discovered that there is a huge market for business portraits. These aren’t half as emotional as wedding photos but it’s still challenging and satisfying to create a picture that my client can really identify with.
How would you describe your photography style?
I like to be close to the action (without drawing attention to myself) and to keep my shots real and clean -no tacky effects, no nonsense. This way my pictures are the most real - romantic moments look romantic, silly moments look silly and an impressive setting will look impressive on the picture too.
How do you work on the day?
I make a very clear distinction between documenting the day (which is probably 90% of the time) and the actual photoshoot (which can be anything between five minutes and a whole hour depending on the couples preference). During the ‘reportage’ part I’m not interfering. I just observe, try to anticipate and photograph whatever happens from a pleasing and interesting point-of-view. During the photoshoot however I have a completely different role. In order to save time I do certainly interfere now, I direct my couples and help them pose. I literally compose my images until I’m 100% happy before switching back to stealth documentary style for the rest of the day.
Have you been published anywhere in magazines or online blogs?
EasyWeddings have featured me for a wedding I shot at the Houses of Parliament and bark.com have interviewed me about how I set up my business.
Are there any parts of the day you especially like photographing?
I’m aware how much all the material things at a wedding costs and therefore it is important to capture everything on photos. But personally like shooting what happens between people. A look, a smile, a laughter, a silly dance move - the story of the day is what’s most important to me.
How many images do you normally shoot on a typical 8 hour wedding?
I often shoot 2500+ shots and usually deliver 400+ images. I think this is a good amount to cover everything without diluting the gallery with near-duplicate shots.
How much post production do you do?? What is your style?
Digital photos files do need a bit of treatment to bring the to life. Colourful pictures have to pop while black and white ones should be clean and contrasty. I stay away from any tacky vintage film effects as in my opinion that will look hopelessly dated a couple of year from now.
Do you have a favorite, must-capture moment for every wedding?
Walking down the aisle and the first 10 minutes of the wedding ceremony.
What’s the most unique photo you’ve ever taken at a wedding?
It was the wedding of Rebecca and Lee at Hampton Court House. The guests had left already and the big ball room was completely empty. I set up two lights before I went back to the bar asking Rebecca and Lee for just five more minutes of their time for one final last shot. I asked them to dance in the middle of the room and to completely forgot where they are. Still today I’m very proud of this picture.